I'm 33 and don't give a flying shit about anything that airs on MTV anymore (which, last I checked, didn't include any music videos either), but half my life ago the VMAs were such a huge deal. I guess that's why I can't figure out how the event is 'Sold Out' on Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/MTV-Video-Musi…
In 1997, I can see this being a really hot ticket. In 2013? I'm surprised not only that it still exists as an event, but that there's still some identifiable interest in it.
You're surprised that an event collecting some of the biggest celebrities in the music industry is sold out? Get out much?
I think a very limited number of tickets are actually sold, and most are given away to industry people.
Also, you can't figure out how something you were extremely interested in when you were a teen but no longer interested as a 30-something is still popular? You should walk by a middle school or a high school sometime. The place is full of teens. Most are, unsurprisingly, more interested in pop music than whatever it is you care about. The whole of culture doesn't age with you.
When you boil it down to what it is like that - no, I guess I'm not surprised. But the whole point of giving out awards for 'music videos' which don't carry anywhere near the weight they used to in either the music business OR in the television business - then yes, I'm still surprised that the VMAs are a thing more than I am anything else.
Let me drop this here bomb for ya.
Am I the only one who doesn't get why Daft Punk is such a big deal. Yeah the song is catchy and I'm all about funk influence, but people are acting like they are some sort of brand new innovative thing. Because they wear masks? Is there something I'm missing here or am I really just turning into an old.
You realize they've done a lot more than that one song, right?
Homework and Discovery are two of the most influential (and best imo) albums of the last couple of decades.
...and I don't like Get Lucky at all (or their latest album).
The Chemical Brothers are infinitely better.
Kiss used the same gimmick except with way crappier music.
For 90s kids like myself they were sort of an introduction into the whole electronic genre and on top of that they were just damn fun to listen to. I think a lot people involved in the techno/electronic/whateverthehelltheycallitnow scene would mention them as an inspiration. People have tried to emulate them, but not successfully. I guess they're just an old(ish) music icon for a lot of people so when they dropped a new album after a long break it got people excited.
I think is is more of a case of Colbert exaggerating. He didn't find out about the cancellation two hours prior to the taping of the show, but maybe a few days prior to it.
That said, Thicke is a horrible live vocalist. Seriously. Horrible.
Totally agree on Robin Thicke's live singing. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he was getting sick or something. But yeah, it was bad.
I've heard Robin Thicke sound decent live but that seems to be the exception. I think his problem is that he has a good voice with a limited range but they write songs that are just too much for him to sing live, especially when you throw dancing and various stage bullshit in there.
Horrible period, not just live.
While I do not enjoy his music, that's actually debatable. He's really bad at actually singing, though. He's lucky we live in the age of autotune.
That video is fan fucking tastic. I don't care if staged or whatever. You got a problem with that? Are you looking at me????